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Jerusalem expands ‘clean air’ zone to whole city – Jerusalem Post

By EYTAN HALON 06/12/2019 “Transportation is one of the primary sources of air pollution in city centers and population centers,” said Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion. The Jerusalem Municipality has approved a plan to expand its existing city center “clean air” zone to the whole city, it announced on Tuesday. The City Council voted in favor […]

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Electric cars clearance peaks in first third – Jordan Times

AMMAN — Clearance on electric cars went up by more than 100 per cent in the first third of the year, before witnessing a slowdown in May, the Finance Ministry announced on Tuesday. According to data of the Jordan Free Zone in Zarqa, the number of electric vehicles cleared increased by 106 per cent by […]

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135 new buses to ply Amman roads as GAM marks accession anniversary – Jordan Times

Greater Amman Municipality also launches 14 new services By Maram Kayed – Jun 13,2019 AMMAN — The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) is marking His Majesty King Abdullah’s 20th Accession to the Throne anniversary by launching 14 new government services and 135 new buses. According to a report made available to The Jordan Times, Amman Mayor […]

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Do you find it hot now? – Jerusalem Post

By JONATHAN AIKHENBAUM 06/06/2019 By the end of this century, our summer will be 49% longer. The extreme heat we experienced this week provides us with a sad glimpse of what life will be like for future generations in Israel. We can all feel the heat here. We feel it right at the beginning of […]

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Firefighters battle Jordan’s biggest wildfire ever – Jordan Times

More than 800 dunums of centennial forest trees in Jerash’s Thaghret Asfour burned By Hana Namrouqa – May 31,2019 AMMAN — Hundreds of firefighters and security personnel from different state agencies on Thursday battled the blaze that burned through wooded mountains in Jerash Governorate, in what authorities described as the country’s biggest wildfire ever. Early […]

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What do closer Lebanon-Cyprus energy ties mean for Israel? – Jerusalem Post

By MICHAEL HARARI 06/06/2019 The Lebanese are clearly interested in speedy progress on the issue, realizing that their country is lagging behind in developing its energy potential, compared to Israel and Cyprus. Interesting developments have occurred recently in the Mediterranean Basin. On April 11, the foreign and energy ministers of Cyprus and Lebanon met in […]

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Israel expects U.S.-mediated Lebanese sea border talks in weeks – YNET

Formally at war since 1948, the neighbors have long disagreed on border demarcations in the eastern Mediterranean, an issue that gained prominence in the past decade when large deposits of natural gas were found there Israel expects to launch U.S.-mediated talks within weeks with Lebanon on setting their maritime border, a senior Israeli official said […]

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Israeli scientists join colleagues from Sudan, Saudi Arabia to save Red Sea corals – Haaretz / Jerusalem Post

The new center located in Bern, Switzerland, will study the Red Sea corals’ resistance to both global and local threats Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 6, 2019 | 9:42 AM Israeli researchers have joined a cooperative regional venture aimed at saving the corals in the Red Sea. The venture will be led by a research center […]

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Marine conservationists issue first guide to Aqaba’s hard corals – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jun 03,2019 AMMAN — The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) has released the first field guide on Jordan’s hard corals, which provides comprehensive review and details on hard corals at the Gulf of Aqaba. The 432-page field guide lists hard corals species and provides notes on their taxonomy, distribution […]

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Israel rejects plan for holiday village at Betzet Beach – Haaretz

New master plan removes Betzet Beach’s designation as tourism zone Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 6, 2019 | 1:54 PM A planning agency has nixed plans to build a holiday village on a Galilee beach, thereby ensuring that Betzet Beach is preserved in its natural state. In a decision issued on Monday, the northern region’s planning […]

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Alternatives to plastic bags provided in Hurghada – Egypt Independent

Al-Masry Al-Youm June 3, 2019 The Red Sea Governorate has begun using eco-friendly alternative bags made of paper, cloth and other materials. The use of plastic bags was banned in Hurghada. Major General Ahmad Abdallah, Governor of the Red Sea governorate, held a meeting with a number of officials of the executive authorities to follow […]

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Collapsing environmental state of Gaza poses threat to Israel’s national security, report warns – Haaretz

Sewage dumping and air pollution could severely effect desalination plants and smog levels, experts say, warning none of Gaza’s groundwater will be fit for human use by next year Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 3, 2019 The collapsing water, sewage and electricity infrastructure in the Gaza Strip pose material danger to Israel’s groundwater, seawater, beaches and […]

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Remove water from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, urges EcoPeace – Jerusalem Post

By TOVAH LAZAROFF 05/02/2019 “Let us set water free to give life and hope to our region,” Israeli co-director of the organization Gideon Bromberg told United Nations Security Council on Monday. Technology has transformed water from one of the most divisive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to a vehicle that can now be used to […]

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Civil society can play key role in peacebuilding – Arab News

Witnessing a Jordanian, a Palestinian and an Israeli appearing in front of the UN Security Council and speaking in complete agreement is not an everyday occurrence. Yet this happened toward the end of last month, when three representatives of the nongovernmental organization (NGO) EcoPeace Middle East — a unique group that brings together environmentalists from […]

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Energy sector is the biggest source of emissions in Palestine, says statistics bureau – Maan

RAMALLAH, Thursday, May 30, 2019 (WAFA) – Energy sector accounted for the biggest source of emissions in Palestine, said the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) today. PCBS said in a report marking World Environment Day, energy sector share was 71% of the total emissions, whereas solid waste sector share was 19%, and the rest […]

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Watchdog okays building greenhouses on rare dunes next to Israel’s border with Gaza – Haaretz

The dunes near Netiv Ha’asara, which cover some 6,000 dunams, is one of the last large dune areas in the coastal plain region Zafrir Rinat | May 29, 2019 The Israel Nature and Parks Authority has dropped its objection to allowing ecologically significant dunes near Moshav Netiv Ha’asara in the northwestern Negev to be used […]

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In first for Israel, two seaside cities ban plastic disposables on beaches – Haaretz

Move is part of a greater attempt to reduce use of single-use plastic in Eilat, Herzliya Almog Ben Zikri, Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 3, 2019 The Israeli seaside cities of Eilat and Herzliya have announced that they will ban the use and sale of disposable plastic bags on their beaches in an effort to reduce […]

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Nile neighbors’ relations return to normal – Arab News

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed Sudan’s hostility toward Egypt, which lasted more than 20 years, has finally ended. During these years, Cairo and Khartoum were estranged and differences dominated their relations, with each capital being an axis against the other. The visit of Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, the head of Sudan’s ruling interim military council, to Cairo is an […]

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Marine ecosystems endangered by tanker sabotage in the Gulf – Arab News

DUBAI: Sabotage attacks targeting four oil tankers off the coast of the UAE’s Fujairah port earlier this month not only highlighted a new threat to maritime traffic but also prompted a more immediate concern for environmentalists — the damage to marine ecosystems. The warning comes after satellite imagery from the US-based Planet Labs and Finnish […]

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Iraqis turn to budding ecotourism to save marshes – Arab News

CHIBAYISH, Iraq: Thirty years after Saddam Hussein starved them of water, Iraq’s southern marshes are blossoming once more thanks to a wave of ecotourists picnicking and paddling down their replenished river bends. A one-room home made of elaborately woven palm reeds floats on the river surface. Near it, a soft plume of smoke curls up […]

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